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Grilled Pork Loin Chops with Herb, Lime, and Molasses Marinade

Pork chops come in a variety of cuts, and my favorite is a bone-in chop, which preserves moisture and flavor of the pork as it’s grilled.  However, you might want to consider buying a pork loin, and cutting it up into 1″ (2.5cm) chops.  When marinaded and cooked properly, these chops can be moist and tender.  The key to my Grilled Pork Loin Chops is to marinade them overnight in my homemade herb, lime, and molasses marinade.

Grilled Pork Chops with Herb Lime Molasses Marinade

Grilled Pork Chops with Herb Lime Molasses Marinade

My marinade uses herbs like thyme and rosemary - classic compliments to pork – as well as lime juice for a little acidity, and molasses to balance the sharpness of the lime juice.  Molasses also caramelizes on the grill, so it adds an added dimension of flavor to these chops.  I also add a bit of spicy paprika powder for a slight hint of heat.  Click the link for the complete recipe and high definition video.

Wood-Smoked Barbecue Beef Brisket

Using my Weber Charcoal BBQ, I’ve made this delicious Wood-Smoked Barbecue Beef Brisket. The brisket was smoked using wood chips salvaged from Jack Daniels whiskey oak barrels, and smoked for seven hours until moist and tender.  The red smoke ring around the outer edges of the brisket is a good indicator that the brisket has a nice and smokey flavor.

Wood Smoked Beef Brisket

Wood Smoked Beef Brisket

Click the link for the complete recipe and high definition cooking video, as well as a step-by-step guide on how to create your own dry spice rub.  I recommend you smother the brisket with my Sweet Heat Chipotle Barbecue Sauce, and serve with Sweet Corn and Avocado Salad on the side.

Sweet Corn and Avocado Salad

My Sweet Corn and Avocado Salad is a refreshing summer salad, and a perfect side dish to compliment barbecued mains. It has balanced sweetness from the corn, richness from the avocado, and bright, tangy flavors from the lime juice and red onion.

Sweet Corn and Avocado Salad

Sweet Corn and Avocado Salad

It’s the perfect compliment to any summer barbecue main dish, especially my Wood Smoked Beef Brisket.  Click the link for the complete recipe and high definition video.

Goulash with Spicy Paprika and Red Vermouth

My first experience with Hungarian-style goulash was in the Czech republic, at a pub in Prague, where goulash is often enjoyed with a pint of beer.  Authentic goulash is a beef dish cooked with onions, Hungarian paprika powder, tomatoes and peppers.  I’ve used these traditional elements in my recipe, but I’ve also placed my own twist on this dish.

Goulash with Paprika and Vermouth

Goulash with Paprika and Vermouth

My beef goulash recipe has a bit of heat from using a mixture of hot and sweet paprika powder (courtesy of my Mom), and includes a generous splash of Martini Rosso red vermouth for added sweetness and complexity.  I serve it over garlic mashed potatoes and garnish with parsley and sour cream.  Click on the link for the complete recipe and high definition video.

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes with Farfalle Pasta

This pasta dish is amazingly simple to prepare. By roasting ripe cherry and sun-dried tomatoes, olives, goat cheese, onions, and garlic with fresh herbs, you can create a very simple but luxurious pasta sauce. Serve it with interesting pasta like farfalle (bow tie pasta) which adds nice texture and surface area for the roasted cherry tomato sauce to stick to.

Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes

As you can see, these cherry tomatoes were vine-ripened, red, and plump.  You’ll want to use fresh cherry tomatoes as they add sweetness to the sauce, and nicely balance the saltiness of the olives and anchovies.  Click the link for the complete recipe and HD cooking video.

Seafood-Stuffed Shrimp Enbrochette

Inspired by my recent visit to Landry’s Seafood Restaurant in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, I’ve created my take on their amazing Seafood Stuffed Shrimp Enbrochette with Jalapeño-Monterey Jack Mornay Sauce. Served over homemade Sweet Vidalia Onion Rings.

Seafood Stuffed Shrimp Enbrochette

Seafood Stuffed Shrimp Enbrochette

Landry’s Seafood describes this dish as “jumbo shrimp wrapped in bacon with seafood stuffing and jalapeño jack & cream cheese.”  En brochette means to serve or cook food on skewers.  These crab-stuffed shrimp are wrapped in bacon which is secured in place with toothpicks to keep the stuffing secure.  Click the link for my take on this amazing appetizer from a Gulf Coast tradition.

Orange Ginger Beef Stir Fry

Orange and Ginger are a classic combination — the sweetness of the orange is balanced by the slight heat of the ginger.  In my Orange Ginger Beef Stir Fry Recipe, I make my own Orange Ginger sauce by reducing down orange juice and minced ginger, and enhance the sweet and spicy flavors with honey and crushed red pepper flakes.  Garlic adds a little bit of savory, and soy sauce adds salt.  This Orange Ginger sauce works really well with beef, chicken, or for a vegetarian option just substitute tofu for the meat.  This is one amazing stir fry.

Orange Ginger Beef Stir Fry

Orange Ginger Beef Stir Fry

Click the link for the complete recipe and accompanying High Definition (HD) cooking video on how to make Orange Ginger Beef Stir Fry.  And check out the recommended beer to serve with this dish; It’s spot-on!

French Onion Soup with Gruyère Cheese and Cognac

My French Onion Soup Recipe features the very best elements like leeks, onions, shallots, quality Cognac, Gruyere cheese, and homemade sourdough croutons and makes for a hearty meal by itself. By slowly cooking down the aromatic ingredients, the soup is silky, sweet, and savory.

French Onion Soup with Gruyere Cheese and Cognac

French Onion Soup with Gruyere Cheese and Cognac

Click the link for the complete French Onion Soup with Gruyère Cheese and Cognac recipe and the High Definition cooking video.

Mediterranean Inspired Quinoa Salad

I’ve taken some of my favorite flavors of the Mediterranean and created this warm quinoa salad recipe, featuring the best of what the Mediterranean has to offer — olives, capers, sun-dried tomatoes and served it with lemon dressing.

Mediterranean Inspired Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Inspired Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is amazing.  It is actually a seed, high in protein, gluten-free, easy to digest, and quick to cook.  It can be used much like rice or couscous,  and the process of cooking quinoa is very similar to that of cooking couscous.  Click the link for the complete recipe and High Definition instructional video on how to make this healthy and nutritious quinoa salad.

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork Sandwiches

My Pulled Pork Sandwich Recipe allows you to experience the smokey and complex flavors of barbecue smoked pulled pork, even if you don’t own a smoker or if you’re craving a smoked pulled pork sandwich in the middle of winter, like me.

Pulled Pork on a Fresh Kaiser Bun

Pulled Pork on a Fresh Kaiser Bun

The secret is to imparting a smokey flavor is to use Hickory Liquid Smoke – which is produced from smoke as it is passes through water – and imparting a flavor to the pork that you can’t otherwise get without firing up a real smoker grill.  I slow cook the pulled pork in a Le Creuset French Oven, and make my own homemade Smokey Barbecue Sauce to mix in with the pulled pork.  I then serve it over a soft kaiser bun and sprinkle it with English Stilton blue cheese.  The result is the best possible likeness to barbecue smoked flavor that you can have, without stepping outside in the bitter winter cold.  Click the link for the complete recipe and HD cooking video.

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